UB School of Engineering shares $2.4 million federal grant to develop drones for U.S. Army
The University of Bridgeport School of Engineering announced today that it has been awarded, as part of an industry and academic consortium, a $2.4 million federal grant to develop next-generation projectiles for the U.S. Army.
The project is being co-developed by UB and the University of Hartford, which two years ago began developing projectiles that are no bigger than a soda can and can be used for a variety of purposes, including combat and surveillance. University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Center for Advance Technology, Inc. also are participating.
“The whole concept is to develop projectiles that can be maneuvered while in flight,” said UB Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and School of Engineering Dean Tarek Sobh. “This is the next generation of projectiles that aren’t as big as an airplane but are miniaturized.”
Sobh, who is co-principal investigator for the project with Louis Manzione, dean of the University of Hartford College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, said UB is responsible for developing computer-vision technologies – cameras and algorithms – that process images in the projectiles, and communications.
“The communications affect both pictures and control signals that come and go from both the actual projectile to the ground so we can move it around,” said Sobh. UB also will develop miniaturized technologies.
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